Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Red Bull Ride + Style Report
The Red Bull Ride + Style was a fixed gear event like no other I've been to. Sure there was racing and trick comps, sure there were bikes, bikes everywhere of all shapes and colors. But since Red Bull picked Justin Herman Plaza, it drew a very diverse crowd. Some fans were new to riding fixed gear and never heard of any of the competing athletes at all. Many were not cyclists at all. You got tourists and just locals who came to enjoy the Embarcadero, the arts and craft fair and the farmer's market. It felt a little more like the expo at the SF Grand Prix a while back. At one point I was viewing the trick comp next to a 50-ish year old couple who were into it just as much as everyone else. And the crowd just generally thick for most of the day. Good job Red Bull.
The thing that stoked us the most was that our rider Jason Clary said he got the nod earlier in the week to be in this by-invitation event. Imagine how we were feeling when we saw him survive heat after heat in the 2-person track race around a narrow curvy track set up on the plaza and then take the trophy. Pake Bikes and us did a quick little video to congratulate him....
For a list of the winners go here.
Cutest top tube pad ever.
Some ladies brought out chalk and started writing
bike haiku. More pictures here.